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British Columbia to Install New Ocean Floor Sensors to Monitor Earthquakes, Tsunamis

Source: National Post/The Canadian Press - March 2, 2016 in Science/Tech

British Columbia to Install New Ocean Floor Sensors to Monitor Earthquakes, Tsunamis
Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

VANCOUVER — The organization that monitors undersea conditions off Canada’s coast lines will soon have more tools to sound early warnings of potentially damaging earthquakes in an area of the West Coast considered overdue for ‘the big one.’

The B.C. government has provided $5 million, allowing Ocean Networks Canada to install eight more sensors on the ocean floor west of Vancouver Island.

The sensors detect the very first movements of the earth’s crust when an earthquake occurs.

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